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Old 05-25-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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Topo West 24K unlock???

Hello all,

Well, Last August I purchased a Etrex Legend HCX for a Jeep trip a couple days after. I bougt the GPS locally and they did not have any maps on DVD so, without checking first I bought the Topo West 24K map and downloaded to my device. After reading and reading I have found out that I should have waited and bought the DVD.

As of know, almost year later I still have not been able to use the map. I have bought a couple of different SD cards thinking that maybe they were not good enough. I download the map and it either cashes half way through the download or it goes to 100% then gives a "Parsing Error". Right now if I turn on the GPS it tells me that it can not unlock the maps.

I have messed with it a few times over the past year and get frustrated and put it away LOL. I got home early from work today and thought I would call Garmin support but they close early on Fridays. I am not in much of a hurry I guess.

When I go to my Garmin and go through the various steps it shows that I have downloaded the map but it does not show that I have it installed, and since I downloaded it I do not have an unlock code on the CD that does not exist.

I have read and search all over and am stuck, any ideas on how to proceed would be great.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:52 AM   #2
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I'm going to bump this out of curiosity and to see what others have to say because I was under the impression Topo 24k was not locked.

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Old 05-26-2012, 12:03 PM   #3
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Hello all,

Well, Last August I purchased a Etrex Legend HCX for a Jeep trip a couple days after. I bougt the GPS locally and they did not have any maps on DVD so, without checking first I bought the Topo West 24K map and downloaded to my device. After reading and reading I have found out that I should have waited and bought the DVD.

As of know, almost year later I still have not been able to use the map. I have bought a couple of different SD cards thinking that maybe they were not good enough. I download the map and it either cashes half way through the download or it goes to 100% then gives a "Parsing Error". Right now if I turn on the GPS it tells me that it can not unlock the maps.

I have messed with it a few times over the past year and get frustrated and put it away LOL. I got home early from work today and thought I would call Garmin support but they close early on Fridays. I am not in much of a hurry I guess.

When I go to my Garmin and go through the various steps it shows that I have downloaded the map but it does not show that I have it installed, and since I downloaded it I do not have an unlock code on the CD that does not exist.

I have read and search all over and am stuck, any ideas on how to proceed would be great.
Why have you waited so long, call Garmin Product Support.

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Old 05-27-2012, 07:24 PM   #4
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Topo 24k is not locked. I have Topo East 24k and it says in Mapsource "Not Lockable".

Can you view that mapset in Mapsource or Basecamp? If so, then use MapInstall to upload the maps.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:52 PM   #5
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It is not viewable in map source. It will only download directly to the gps. Now when I turn on the gps it says that it can not unlock the maps. I don't know, will call Garmin some day when they are open and I am not at work.
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:20 PM   #6
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Just a thought

I recently purchased the 24K West DVD and in my discussion with Garmin, they suggested I only try to feed my GPS (Zumo 450) the general broad area I need, and NOT the whole thing. I was able to feed it all of California though.

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Marginally relevant picture of Topo 24K as seen in Garmin's BaseCamp (successor to MapSource I believe)
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:14 PM   #7
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Free Garmin-compatible topo maps are at

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/


http://www.miscjunk.org/
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:30 AM   #8
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It is not viewable in map source. It will only download directly to the gps. Now when I turn on the gps it says that it can not unlock the maps. I don't know, will call Garmin some day when they are open and I am not at work.
I almost got burned with that. The SD card and downloadable version can only go to one device, you can not load them on to your computer. The only way you can do so is to buy the CD/DVD version. It does say so on the Garmin download page (as a Garmin rep pointed out to me with my unhappy phone call) but it's burried in the background noise.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:30 AM   #9
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I understand that it can not be loaded on to the computer, found that out after I bought it. I can not even load it into the GPS. The GPS works great with free maps for now. Will buy the maps on DVD if I ever by another one. $100 mistake.
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